Rainbow Beach

Extremely popular with families, this beach has a beach volleyball court and a beach bar for guests. The shore's rocky bottom is still good for swimming and snorkeling, and there are also prime dive sites offshore. On busy days, a rental stand leases out beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, and more to guests.

Situated on the western coast of the island of St. Croix, You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the vicinity. Rainbow Beach stands out because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in the Virgin Islands may be just as pretty, but are usually more cramped since they're located by some of the most popular tourist areas in town.

How to Access The Beach
Rainbow Beach is located up Route 63 and is accessible via an entrance in a local restaurant.

Amenities and Ambiance

White sands and perfect waters for swimming and snorkeling make Rainbow Beach a great family hangout area. Just north of Frederiksted on St. Croix, this beach is also a favorite for scuba divers because of the spectacular dive sites nearby. The beach's relatively remote location promises a quiet experience, where guests will be able to take in the light crashing of waves.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. On some days, it may be possible to purchase food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Whether you're eating lunch or just a snack at, you'll appreciate the available picnic tables.

For your convenience, restrooms are available at Rainbow Beach. Also, visitors can take advantage of lounge chairs at this location. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. Rainbow Beach is the hangout spot for locals, especially families on the weekends, while tourists also add to the congested atmosphere.

What's Nearby


Rainbow Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the West coast of St. Croix; the area is home to other attractions such as Estate Mount Washington Plantation, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. This museum is located a mile and a half away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Rainbow Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Estate Mount Washington Plantation Historical Site 0.8 mi. N St. Croix
Teres Veho Watersports Operator 1.0 mi. SSE St. Croix
Paul E Joseph Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.1 mi. SSE St. Croix
Buddhoe Park Park 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Fort Frederik Historical Site 1.2 mi. S St. Croix
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Museum 1.4 mi. S St. Croix
Hams Bluff Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 mi. NNE St. Croix
Estate Whim Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Lawaetz Family Museum Museum 2.8 mi. SE St. Croix
Cruzan Rum Factory Distillery 3.1 mi. SE St. Croix
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.5 mi. S St. Croix
Good Hope Plantation Ruins Historical Site 3.8 mi. SE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

The closest town is , which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the coast, Frederiksted is a quick trip away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

There is a fairly wide range of booking options to pick from close to the beach. The most convenient of which are listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Rainbow Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Frederiksted Hotel 1.4 mi. S Hotel
Mount Victory Camp 1.7 mi. NE Lodge
Sand Castle on the Beach 2.1 mi. S Hotel
Villa Morales 2.9 mi. SSE Guest house
Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 4.3 mi. ENE Resort
Waves at Cane Bay 6.2 mi. NE Hotel
Cane Bay Reef Club 6.2 mi. NE Resort
Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 8.5 mi. ENE Hotel
Villa Margarita Oceanfront Guesthouse 9.0 mi. ENE Guest house


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Rainbow Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Rainbow Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bernie's Restaurant & Cafe (340) 713-8390 American, Caribbean -- 0.3 mi. N
Coconuts St. Croix (340) 774-0099 Mexican, Tex-Mex Very Casual 0.8 mi. SSE
Uca's Kitchen -- -- -- 1.3 mi. SSE
KFC Frederiksted -- American Very Casual 1.3 mi. SSE
Pier 69 (340) 772-0069 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Polly's at the Pier (340) 719-9434 International Very Casual 1.3 mi. S
Blue Moon Cafe (340) 772-2222 Cajun, Caribbean, Eclectic Informal 1.3 mi. S
Lost Dog Pub (340) 772-3526 American Very Casual 1.4 mi. S
Frederiksted Hotel (340) 772-0500 -- -- 1.4 mi. S
Napoleon's Pizza (340) 713-9955 Italian -- 1.4 mi. S
Freedom City Restaurant (340) 227-0682 Caribbean, Continental Very Casual -- --
Los Angeles Cafe Bar & Restaurant (340) 772-0016 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, Rainbow Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on St. Croix.

You might also enjoy Davis Bay, located a brief car or taxi trip away. With a gorgeous beach, Davis Bay is a fine swimming spot on the northern side of St. Croix, and although it can get a bit windy, families and bodysurfers gravitate to this area to play in the waters. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Sprat Hall Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's located two miles to the north.

You may also enjoy La Grange, which is located only a short distance away. La Grange beach, off of St. Croix, is a good beach where swimmers and snorkelers enjoy the sparkling blue waters, and beach loungers love the soft sands and complemetary chairs.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Virgin Islands, and Rainbow Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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